A retired B.C. Senator is speaking out, after being named as one nine current or former senators whose expenses are allegedly being referred to the RCMP by Canada’s auditor general.
Gerry St. Germain says he’s exploring his options for dealing with what he calls “adverse, baseless and unsubstantiated accusations.”
Considered one of B.C.’s most influential parliamentarians, the former Progressive-Conservative MP was the first Tory senator to join the Canadian Alliance, and helped forge the merger that created today’s Conservative Party.
In a statement issued Thursday, St. Germain says he has always complied with the rules, and notes his “humble upbringing and previous entrepreneurial business pursuits gave [him] an appreciation for the importance of safeguarding the taxpayers’ earned dollar.”
While he says he’s always highly regarded the auditor general, he says he’s deeply disappointed with how the audit was conducted, saying the findings are incomplete and possibly biased.
And his focus now is on defending his hard earned reputation, and challenging a process he calls unfair and unjust.
The auditor’s report is set to be released next week.